Indigenous Initiatives

Indigenous Initiatives at CTLT provides support for initiatives that improve classroom climate and campus environments across the university, support student success, and strengthen local capacity to approach to cross-cultural dialogues effectively. We also initiate, advance, and maintain curriculum and academic resources to address the gaps and insufficiencies in knowledge around Indigenous topics. Our events and programming are open to everyone. Learn more about Indigenous Initiatives.

The Classroom Climate Series is a set professional development workshops offered about once a month through the academic year and hosted by Indigenous Initiatives. The series provides a space for all members of the UBC teaching and learning community to share teaching and research practices, and to learn more about how to engage in conversations about place, power, and social location. Mark your calendars for upcoming sessions this fall!

Understanding and Supporting Indigenous Students


Event Date & Time

  • November 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

What would support for Indigenous students look like in departments, faculty and by staff? What are some of the ways in which Indigenous students approach and experience their education processes differently from other student groups? This session invites you to approach these questions with the concept of “bandwidth,” which helps us consider underlying factors of (more…)

Learning in Place


Event Date & Time

  • January 22, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

Exploring resources to support learning about Musqueam’s history, governance, laws and ongoing leadership on campus. During this session we will share resources that have been created in collaboration with Musqueam as a way to bring these important discussions into the classroom. Art and culture can provide pathways for faculty and students to consider our location (more…)

What if We Were to Talk About it? Engaging Controversial Topics in the Classroom


Event Date & Time

  • February 6, 2020
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Description

As a partnership between UBC Equity and Inclusion Office and CTLT Indigenous Initiatives, this experiential workshop introduces participants to a tool for engaging controversial topics, should they choose to do so. The presentation will be followed by a conversation about if, how, and when we might use such a tool. Facilitator:  Aftab Erfan (more…)

Beyond Inclusion: Redistributing Responsibility for Institutional Change


Event Date & Time

  • March 31, 2020
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Description

This workshop invites non-Indigenous faculty to face their complicity in the reproduction of systemic colonial patterns, and take responsibility for doing more of the intellectual, affective, and relational work that is required for institutional change beyond conditional forms of inclusion. Facilitator: Sharon Stein (more…)